Become a Foster to Help Save a Life



Step 1: Fill out a foster application online. Wags and Walks will review your application and either invite you to a foster orientation or reach out to discuss your application further.

Step 2: At the end of the foster orientation (there are three sessions held each month) you will be given a non-binding foster agreement to sign and where you can make note of any preferences regarding what kind of foster dog will fit your lifestyle best.

Step 3: After signing the non-binding agreement, you will be added to the foster database and google email group, which is the main way that our team communicates with fosters.

Step 4: There are a couple different ways that you will receive notifications about which dogs need fosters:

  • Once a week you will get a "general availability" email where our team asks that you let us know your availability for the following week in the event that we do rescue a dog who would be a good fit for you.

  • If you have a specific preference (you can foster pit bulls, puppies, dogs with special needs, etc.), our team might reach out individually to see if you're available to take a specific dog who needs a foster.

  • Our foster team will sporadically send emails to the whole google group with information about specific dogs that need fosters. If you're interested in fostering that dog, just respond to the email! If you're not available or it's not the right fit, you can simply ignore the request.

Step 5: After you and our team have agreed upon a dog for you to foster, we will let you know when to pick up the dog and all their supplies from our adoption center in West LA.

Step 6: You will be in constant communication with our foster team about next steps once you have your foster dog. There are various reasons why dogs might need a foster home instead of staying at our adoption center, so that reason will determine how long you foster that individual dog for. It ranges anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months, depending on your schedule and you foster dogs needs. Generally speaking, our team will reach out to you and let you know when we want you to bring your foster dog back to our adoption center or in for a meet and greet with a potential adopter.


Wags and Walks will provide all supplies (crate, bed, food, toys, bowl,s etc.) to make it a completely cost-free experience!

Foster dogs should be kept on leash at all times outside of the home, unless they are in a privately enclosed backyard.

If you can't say goodbye to your foster dog you are more than welcome to put in an application to adopt them! We just ask that you let us know as soon as you do so that we can put it on our adoption team's radar. If there are any meet and greets already set up, we do have to honor those.

Our foster coordinator does her best to work with you and your schedule, however we do request 48 hours notice if your dog needs new placement (with certain emergencies as the exception).